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A Floral Cake Popup Card (a bou-cake!)
By Janet Katz

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There are still several days left to enter our Floral Fantasy Challenge for the month of May. Just post your card using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp and you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to our online store.
 
The brand new Floral Cake Popup Easel die set has tremendous value. Just look at everything you get in the die set:
  • 2 cakes
  • 1 cake background
  • 1 cake pop up easel
  • 2 icing ribbons (not shown here)
  • 15 individual flowers
  • 5 individual petals
  • 3 flower centers
  • 9 different leaves
  • 2 candles (not shown here)
And if you want even more icing, you can purchase the Layer Cake Drip Icing dies (seen here in pink). If you enjoy paper piecing like I do, this is like having your cake and eating it too (okay, I couldn't resist).
 
I decided I wanted to make a chocolate cake and then add both icing and a monochromatic burst of flowers. I chose my favorite brown cardstock and a pretty pink for the icing. Then I chose three shades of a reddish-purple 80lb cardstock (like an orchid color), and cut out a lot of flowers. It didn't take long as the individual dies have 4-8 flowers on them. Next I went to my color wheel to choose the complementary yellow-green shade in two colors of cardstock. Again, I made just a few cuts and I had a lot of leaves to choose from.
 
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I did some flower shaping with a flower-shaping tool I borrowed from a friend. This curled the leaves and the flower into either a concave or convex shape and gave me lots of extra dimension. I first glued the pink icing onto the cakes, then adhered the two cakes onto the kraft background with foam adhesive. I created many of the flowers from 2 die cuts stacked on top of each other to make a flower with 7 or 8 petals. I added leaves as I went, and finished by tucking several of them underneath flowers with just a dot of glue to hold them in place.
 
Next, I used the Say It Big clear stamp and die set and stamped my sentiment onto a scrap of orchid cardstock with Versamark, and heat embossed with ultra fine gold embossing powder. I used the matching die to cut it out. I mounted the sentiment on the bottom cake with foam adhesive. Next I die cut my easel from a very pale, textured vanilla cardstock. I adhered the attaching flap to the back of the kraft background about halfway down. I had plenty of flowers and leaves left over so I added a few to the base of the easel to give the cake portion something to lean against. Lastly, I added Pastel and Autumn themed Fairy Jewels in pink, maroon and purple to the flower centers.
 
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Now it's time for you to show us what you can do with some flowers. Enter the challenge today!
 
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Celebrate Spring with Poppystamps New Challenge: Floral Fantasy
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends.

Spring is the perfect time of year to get your bloom on with our newest challenge from Poppystamps, Floral Fantasy! Our new dies make it so easy to create beautiful floral cards. Take a look!

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I started out with a crisp white card base, and added the Scalloped Stitch Frames a bit off-kilter, cut in a pale pink. The next step is to cut out the Spring Bunnies, Dandelion Stems, Orchard Leaves, Potpourri  Flower Set, and the Flower Field Corner in an assortment of colors. I stuck with a pretty pastel Spring color palette.

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Now comes the fun part! Create your Floral Fantasy by arranging your blooms any way you'd like. Make a falling waterfall effect, or a big bright bouquet. Add a lot or just a few. Once your flowers are all in place, add the finishing touches with Fairy Gemstones!

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The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

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Thank you so much for joining us today! We can't wait to see what you'll create!

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PSC#92 Floral Fantasy

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Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #91 Add Texture is Kathy Krug

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Karen L

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

2022-05

PSC#92 Floral Fantasy - April Showers bring May Flowers and after a long winter we're all anxious to see sunny skies and watch the flowers grow!   Crafting is a sweet escape, so even when we can't have the real thing, we can make our own flower garden indoors on paper.  So show us your paper garden with flowers aplenty and of all varieties and hues of color!   The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media.   It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our April Guest - Kathy Pisupati who was selected by Janet after discovering her amazing cardmaking challenge on Instagram.   Kathy has a truly gifted way with combining good composition, great die cuts and wonderful colors to make beautiful cards. She always impresses with her makes!  

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Kathy Pisupati

Blog: Expressive Paper

Instagram:  @expressivepaper

As a graduate with a fine arts degree, I never really found a career that could fill my creative needs. I spent most of my time raising a family and in the travel industry as well education administration. Card making fulfills this need. While in college I could never decide what my “medium” was because I loved them all. Card making provides the opportunity to use multiple mediums. My cards are primarily created and given to organizations that share them with someone in need of a smile.

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Michele K.  Henderson

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Now it's your turn! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on May 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on June 1!!    

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!

PSC#91 Add Texture

Challenge Badge

Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #90 Pretty Papers is Donna Phelan

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is S. Schmitt.

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

2022-04

PSC#91 Add Texture!  Looking for an easy way to take your cards from ordinary to EXTRA-ordinary?  Just add a little contrasting texture!  We want you to go beyond smooth cardstock - add some dimension with contrasting textures like paste, embossing powders, embossing folders,  or with the addition of fabric or ribbon to make a big impression.       What a great opportunity to use something you already have or to try something new. like foundry wax or  glitz gels and glazes.  The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media.   It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our April Guest Cindy Chiu Who was selected by Sue from our Design Team!    Cindy is a fellow Canadian crafter who loves making floral cards that have a clean design. She isn't afraid to try new techniques and likes to incorporate ink, paint and other media into her cards! Love that! Stop by and see her thoughtful and pretty projects!

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Cindy Chiu

Blog:  Escape To Stamping

Instagram: @esctostampin

Hello, I am a transplanter from Hong Kong, have been living in Canada for over 40 years. I am retired from being programmer analyst and spend most of my time paper crafting. I am addicted, I know!! LOL I also like making travel album and lately venturing into mix-media projects. I find my inspirations from challenge blogs, and Pinterest. But sometimes, when I am really stumped, I picked a product and start from there.

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Wishful Bunny-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna

 

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Candice Crawford

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Now it's your turn! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on April 27 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on May 1!!    

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!

 

Hello Rainbow Card
by Janet Katz

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Hello, indeed! There is still time to enter our monthly challenge and win a $20 gift card from the Poppystamps store. The theme is pretty papers and that includes patterned paper, vellum, glitter cardstock or even a brushed metallic paper like I've used on today's card. You can even stamp your own background and make it a paper to use in our challenge. Let's see what you've got.
 
I love the new Poppystamp Freestyle word dies. They're the perfect size and weight for any size card and they all come with a shadow background die. I started by picking out 11 different cardstock colors to make into a rainbow. I decided to raid years of scraps to get just what I was looking for.
 
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I die cut the Freestyle Hello shadow 11 times for the image I was going for. For the card front, I wanted a solid colored background, but still something more unique than flat cardstock. I chose a brushed metal-looking cardstock from my stash, and used the Memory Box Waves 3D embossing folder to give it plenty of dimension. Next, I glued down each shadow die cut, in rainbow order from the top of the card to the center. I let the red one hang off the top and trimmed it to give the sense of a never-ending rainbow. I had to carefully plan out how much of each would show and then glue one on top of the other in just the right place. I eyeballed it, but used a ruler to keep the shadows straight on the left side. Finally, I adhered my white Hello on the last shadow. I used a variety of rhinestones and Fairy Jewels to give the card front some sparkle.
 
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Now, it is your turn to pull out some fun paper (or make your own), and a Poppystamps die or stamp and show us what you come up with. You might just win that $20 gift card.
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Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!

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Card 1:

 

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This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!

 

First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.

 

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Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.

 

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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).

 

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I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!

 

Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:

 

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Card # 2

 

The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.

 

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This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.

 

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I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.

 

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The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!

 

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Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!

 

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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